Saturday, November 16, 2013

SF/F is terrible these days

Vox seems to think that only misogynists and racists are putting out good fiction these days. He prefers the Tom Kratmans of the world to John Scalzi. And recently he posted an email from a self-identified Marxist who supposedly confirmed his opinion that only bad people can write good sf/f. Among the more laughable statements in the email was this one.
New short fiction seems to place innovation over all other qualities possible in a particular piece, which means my desire to read a good story is likely to go unsatisfied.
So apparently this emailer read one story and decided he didn't like it, thus all new short-fiction is awful. And it's his opinion to do so, but to think that there would be a consensus to that opinion is just ridiculous. Authors like Cat Rambo, Emily Skaftun, Laird Barron, Ken Liu, Rachel Swirsky, Yukimi Ogawa, A.C. Wise, Nicole Korhner-Stace, Megan Arkenberg, needless to say the list goes on and on; these are people putting out wonderful sf/f short stories. There's so much talent in the field that even semi-pro sites are putting out award-winning work.

As for novels, are feminists and/or women watering down work to make it more attractive to the "Scalzified" lefties? No. I'd submit Gillian Flynn and Margaret Atwood as sufficient evidence of that. Atwood is about as liberal as they come but her work is magnificient.

Vox would like to think that he'd be some international writing superstar if only a big publisher would have picked up Throne of Bones. Honestly though, it would've been the same extremists, misanthropists, and racists who  read the work currently. Assuming he didn't keep his big stupid mouth shut, which I assume he wouldn't have. And then the publisher's would have taken a big hit for giving this hateful bastard a contract in the first place. And rightfully so.

The truth is, there's great fantasy and sf/f on the market, despite what Orson Scott Card or Teddy B thinks. You need only to open your eyes.

11 comments:

  1. Did you get my email this morning?

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    1. Just checked. It ended up in my spam folder somehow. I saw the post earlier today. It seems Vox's definition of a "troll" is someone who's effective at deconstructing his hateful rhetoric. All I can say is keep up the good work, if possible. Use a pseudonym and keep attacking.

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    2. Vox is now officially my bitch. Anyone who has to resort to deleting his own posts, then calling me a 'liar' when I refer to what he wrote, has been owned. Badly.

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  2. He can't be your bitch - he was my bitch first. I drove jhim so far up the wall that he started ranting and threatening to dox everyone.

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  3. oh man, commented deleted! that smells....CONTRADICTION!!!!

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  4. Phoenician: Did Vox resort to deleting his own posts, then calling you a 'liar' when you mentioned the posts he deleted? If not, he is my bitch. But I will probably let you have him for your bitch anyways, I have my own sweetie. :-)

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  5. By the way, Ann, thanks for the idea for the title

    "The Art of Trolling : Making Vox Day your bitch"

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  6. The latest crap from Vox:

    **Embrace the world and die.**
    Yeah, that's how the US became a world power. nobody lived here but Indians. And we didn't have any black people here doing agricultural work, or Chinese people here building railroads. Oh, no, wait...

    **Abandon Biblical doctrine and die.**
    The Hindus, Shintos, and Buddhists seem to be doing alright. The ancient Egyptians lasted for 5,000 years. The Australian Aborigines have been around for 50,000. Based on longevity, the smart money would be more along the lines of 'Abandon belief in the Dreamtime and die'.

    **Permit women in leadership and die.** So Sarah Palin, Elizabeth I, and Joan of Arc (among others) were all less competent than Obama, Carter, and Nixon?

    **The Church can, and will, survive any amount of persecution. The Gates of Hell themselves cannot prevail, much less bloodthirsty atheist dictators.**

    So now Vox has a direct line on the future, that he knows for certain that Christianity will last forever. Can I expect him to man up and prove his precognitive abilities to the Amazing Randi? Or will he simply resort to obscenities, much like Crude did, when I demanded that he man up and prove he had telepathic abilities, which he would need to know, as he claimed, that I was simply parroting what I was writing and didn't actually understand it.

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  7. **Abandon Biblical doctrine and die.**

    The Hindus, Shintos, and Buddhists seem to be doing alright. The ancient Egyptians lasted for 5,000 years. The Australian Aborigines have been around for 50,000. Based on longevity, the smart money would be more along the lines of 'Abandon belief in the Dreamtime and die'.


    More to the point, the Scandinavian countries are probably the most civilised and sane in the world. They're also among the most atheist - and not tearing themselves to pieces over religion like America.

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  8. **The Church can, and will, survive any amount of persecution. The Gates of Hell themselves cannot prevail, much less bloodthirsty atheist dictators.** Quoting VD by Ann

    Actually, from a historical perspective he is correct. The church(Christians) have survived and grown in the adverse times... i.e. persecution in the most horrible sense.

    What is killing the Church now is the politically correct pressures they are getting from outside sources. Some people tend to water down their message to appease the critics. That is enthopy to the Church. But most people don't realize this.

    But I have to agree with VD on his assesment. Bloodthirsty tyrants cannot bring down the church. But 19th, 20th, 21st centuries progressivness AND conservatism is very damaging to the church.

    More to the point, the Scandinavian countries are probably the most civilised and sane in the world. They're also among the most atheist - and not tearing themselves to pieces over religion like America. - Phoenician

    You don't know swedes very well do you? I do... and you couldn't be further from the truth. They seem that way for now. But they aren't under pressure from another race/culture threatening their civilization. Throw in something that will threaten them... You will see a much different side to them.

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  9. Apollo wrote: **Actually, from a historical perspective he is correct.**
    Vox's historical facts may be correct, but he can't make the future prediction that he did: **The Church can, and will, survive any amount of persecution. ** based on that. Saying that is rather like saying that since I have survived all the cold that I have been exposed to in the past, I can and will survive any amount of cold I am exposed to in the future. Since the coldest temperatures I have been exposed to are -30F, and it's possible for things to get much colder than that, it would be a ludicrous statement. Vox cannot make the statement he did, accurately, unless he has supernatural precognitive powers. Unless he is prepared to man up and demonstrate his precognition to the Amazing Randi, he is talking nonsense.

    **You don't know swedes very well do you?**
    The question of whether the Swedes are civilized or uncivilized actually has no bearing on Vox's statement. What he said was: **Abandon Biblical doctrine and die.**. If any non-Christian civilizations manage to survive for as long or longer than Christian civilizations, then what Vox said is false. Since this is, in fact, true of various civilizations which either practice religions other than Christianity, or are atheist, then Vox again, is talking nonsense.

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